Big Hills Hearing

Health department officials are calling the Big Hill Acres subdivision in Vancleave one of the largest health risk in the state right now. Just over a year ago, the E-P-A notified more than 600-families in the sub-division. that their houses were built on wetlands. Since then, the Health department has warned residents, their well water might be polluted, because of failing septic systems installed in the wetlands.

According to state officials, all wetlands constantly move and shift, causing septic tanks and pipes to break. To prevent more problems, the Health Department wants a court order to halt future development in the wetland area. A judge was to begin hearing that request Tuesday, but attorneys for land developer Robert Lucas, were not ready.

Judge Glen Barlow instructed both sides to share all important information and by ready for court December 27th.